French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi says he will sit down to discuss his Arsenal future as soon as he returns to the club this summer.
The 21-year-old still has another year left to run on his contract at the Emirates but is preparing for crucial talks about the next stage of his career.
He is currently out on loan at Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin but has endured a tough time in the German capital.
Reports have already suggested that Hertha won’t be looking to make the loan deal permanent. That was backed up by comments made by Berlin boss Pal Dardai on the attitude of Guendouzi.
The Spanish manager is keen to get the best out of him but admits he still has to grow up and learn quickly.
“It’s like puberty for him, he’s kind of a rebel,” he told Bild. “He has to work and learn like an animal.”
Despite the fact Hertha are likely to send Guendouzi back to England this summer, he is still having an impact at Olympiastadion.
He was recently named in the starting XI against Bayer Leverkusen and rewarded the manager’s confidence with an assist during a 3-0 win.
However, competition for places back at Arsenal is as hot as ever with Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka currently holding down the central midfield roles, with on-loan Martin Odegaard having a growing influence.
That said, the Gunners have still endured an inconsistent campaign and are now facing up to the prospect of no European football next term.
They sit in ninth place at present and are as big as 5/1 with Unibet to land a top-six finish come the end of the 2020/21 season.
While that price may still interest those using the best promo codes online for sports betting, it does go a long way to highlighting how far off the pace Arteta’s men have been at times.
A lack of extra funds to bring in reinforcements could yet hand the France Under-21 prospect an unexpected way back into the squad.
Guendouzi was a regular under previous boss Unai Emery and isn’t giving up on his Arsenal future just yet.
“I am focused on my season with Hertha Berlin,” Guendouzi told France Football.
“Next, we will sit down with my entourage and people at the club to discuss the future. This summer will be a decisive moment.
“I belong to Arsenal for another year. From the moment that I am playing for Arsenal, I will give everything for the club, fans, team, and staff.
“I will work hard for the shirt as I have always done.”
That desire added to a positive end to the season in Germany could yet hold the key to what Arsenal decide to do with Guendouzi moving forwards.
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